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Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Seed Starter Methods

There are lots of different methods to start your plants from seed. I wanted to share a few here with you. All of them work, and the choice is yours as to which method you like best. 

The first method I'd like to show you is the "Baggie" method. MMpaints @ Self Sustained Living shared this one with us on the forums last year.  This is my second year using this method and it works out well for me.
I like using peat pellets to start seed in.  You can pick these up at most any garden center.  They are relatively inexpensive and work quite well. You will need 5 items- 1. peat pellets 2. a shallow pan 3. ziplock baggies (the ones with pleated bottoms work best) 4. warm water 5. Seeds
Place your pellets in a shallow dish with warm water and let them soak for a few minutes until they expand fully.  Take them out of the dish and plant your seed in them. (one plant per pellet)  Place them in a zip-lock baggie and set them in a warm sunny window.  I have found that if you will put four pellets per bag they will stand more easily. 

You should see results within a few days.  This creates a mini-greenhouse and eliminates the need for watering for awhile.
You can also make your own peat pots using paper towel or TP rolls.  Just cut them into sections and fold the bottoms up.  Then just fill with soil.  These are great because you are recycling and free! These will work with the baggie method as well.


Another easy way to start your plants is by using empty 2 liter soda bottles.  Cut the top half of the bottle off.  Poke holes in the bottom with section and fill with your soil mix.  Sew your seeds and cover with the  top of the bottle.  You may need to make a couple of cuts in the top half to get it to fit back on.
Now here is one that has me intrigued. I really want to try this one at home folks!  Ever considered using your egg shells to start seeds in?  This seems great on several levels to me. And talk about recycling and being bio-degradable!!!  Crack your egg from the top and save the shell.  Rinse it out and poke two or three holes in the bottom.
Fill with soil and sow your seed. You can place three in a 2 liter soda bottle or just set them back in the egg carton until they are ready to plant.

Ok, there you have it.  Some simple and effective ways to start your plants from "scratch"!  Let's get to sprouting!!!


(Cross-Posted @ Bacon and Eggs )

5 comments:

Gen-IL Homesteader said...

What an informative post! I haven't tried MM's baggies method yet, but it looks great! And I was wondering exactly how to do the TP trick (is that Kymber's idea?). I'm going to save my tp rolls next year! And the eggs with seedlings are just adorable!! Thanks!

Gen-IL Homesteader said...

What an informative post! I haven't tried MM's baggies method yet, but it looks great! And I was wondering exactly how to do the TP trick (is that Kymber's idea?). I'm going to save my tp rolls next year! And the eggs with seedlings are just adorable!! Thanks!

Anonymous said...

Never would have thought about the eggs, that's a good one!

SciFiChick said...

Thanks for stopping by! Gen, The TP trick probably IS the same as Kymbers. Cheap and easy to do.

Whoever thought of the eggshells was a genius!

Have a wonderful day!

Pioneer Living said...

Just love this post

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